Tom Pugh Government Affairs Academy graduates have played pivotal roles in advocating against over-regulation by local, state and federal governments since its launch in 2006. This biennial program is a multi-day, intensive classroom and hands-on experience that trains hearth professionals to become advocates for the industry.

Every two years, HPBA holds GAA in the Washington, DC area. This location sets the stage for two and a half days of guided classroom instruction on state and federal legislation, media training and a mock town hall meeting where participants prepare and present testimony for or against a proposed law impacting the hearth industry. The program concludes with a series of meetings on Capitol Hill. Students will have the opportunity to meet with the offices of their own Senators and Representatives. They are able to use the skills gained earlier in the week and go to their legislators as educated and concerned constituents. HPBA members educating legislators on issues important to their businesses are vital to the survival of the industry.

 
Tom Pugh Government Affairs Academy Class of 2014

How to Get Involved

HPBA Affiliate organizations nominate retailer and distributor members to become part of the next group of industry advocates. HPBA Affiliates, in partnership with HPBA, cover the cost of attendance for these members, including travel and lodging. The Government Affairs Academy is also open to manufacturer members, associate members, and previous graduates. To attend, contact Dane Farrell or visit the 2018 event page for more information. Seats are very limited for our July 2018 session.


Media Training Exercise during GAA 2016